Six Arrested Countywide in Operation Viper
Written by RADio Newsdesk on March 13, 2019
Article Published on Wednesday March 13, 2019 12:51 PM by RADio Newsdesk
- Daventry Area Crime - Six Arrested Countywide in Operation Viper
Northamptonshire Police have arrested six people as part of a pre-planned operation to disrupt criminal activity in the county.
As well as making arrests, officers yesterday (Monday, March 11 2019) recovered a large quantity of Class A drugs, including crack cocaine, £500 in cash, a large machete, a kitchen knife, a bottle suspected to contain a noxious substance, and also seized jewellery and a vehicle.
The day of action saw departments from across Northamptonshire Police work together with partners from social services and officers from HM Revenue and Customs, to take targeted action against individuals involved in serious organised crime including gangs, modern slavery and human trafficking and organised burglary.
Officers made a number of surprise visits to suspect addresses and were deployed to various locations to disrupt drug dealing opportunities, search for individuals wanted on warrant, and target suspect vehicles.
Director of Intelligence Emily Vernon from Northamptonshire Police, said: “Tackling serious organised crime gangs, including those involved in the supply of drugs is one of our top priorities and one which we are taking a robust approach to.
“We have a number of criminal gangs operating in Northamptonshire, who are increasingly using violence and intimidation. We are determined to do all we can to make their lives difficult and to make our county a hostile environment in which to operate.
“The people at the top of these criminal networks are operating a business, they want to make as much money as possible. They often recruit and draw in young people to undertake criminal activity on their behalf.
“We are seeing a number of youngsters in Northamptonshire being groomed and exploited to carry and deal drugs and commit other criminal offences. These gangs don’t care about the impact their activity has on others, including these children, who are seen as dispensable.
“We are determined to do everything in our power to make life as difficult as possible for these gangs. However, we can’t tackle this alone, which is why we are working closely with partner organisations including local authorities, housing providers and the NHS. We also need information from the public about what is happening in their communities.”
Anyone who has any concerns about gangs, drug dealing, modern slavery and human trafficking or vulnerable people being targeted by criminals, can call police on 101. Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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